Posted by: Gary Guertin | October 15, 2012

6. Croatia/Med./Ft. Laud. Air/Cruise – Plitvice Lakes National Park – Post 1

Hi All,

On Sunday, Oct. 7th we drove from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park, about a 300 mile drive.  GPS was very good to us, he (it’s an English gentleman’s voice) got us there in the late afternoon without incident. 

Plitvice Lakes National Park has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1979.  Due to the beauty and size of the park I’m going to do two posts, one wouldn’t begin to cover our tour of the park.

We had made reservations in the Hotel Jezero for the first night in Plitvice. We found out soon after our arrival that we would need to stay another night, and, of coarse, the Jezero was full the next night. We had to move to the Hotel Plitvice, the evening of Monday, Oct. 8th, but it was next door and it did not slow us down.

Here’s a look at the Hotel Jezero, our hotel the first night:

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and look at the view out of our room:

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It’s Monday, Oct. 8th and time to set out on one of the longest, most exhausting days of Susy’s and my life.  To have you follow along let’s look at a map of the park:

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The hotel, and start of our venture, is in the lower center of the map.  We’re going to take a tram up to the left to that big lake at the top on the left.  We are then going to walk back down to the center and take a boat off to the right on that lake you see slanting up to the right.  We will finish the tour by coming down from the lake’s upper tip walking along that canyon on the right almost to the right edge of the map where we catch a tram back to the hotels.  Sounded easy when we started out, but wait till you see what it turns out to be.

A look at the tram:

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The tram took us to the upper lake and dropped us off.  How’s this for a view of the upper lake:

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We were told that the walk down to the boat was about 2 miles, but that must have been in a straight line, because we thought it was more like 20 miles.  Anyway let’s get started:

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Sign’s like this one show us we are on the top (see the little arrow at the top) lake, the name of the lake and it’s size and depth.

You see yours truly on the wooden path we are going to follow for the next several hours:

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As we walk along the chain of lakes we come across the first line of small water falls:

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You can imagine the beauty of these woods, lakes, and waterfalls in between, but most of all the “fresh air”.  The woods:

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The falls start to get larger as we go downward:

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and larger:

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Look at the purity and color of this small lake with it’s falls:

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We’re a little over half way to the boat stop, so let’s close this post and take a rest.  I’ll see you in Post #2 and we’ll continue down the lakes.

Love You All,

Gary (alias Gagu)


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